Award-winning photographer Tim Flach has spent years inquiring into the essential bond we have with animals. Now he presents the culmination of a career-long endeavor, an extraordinary body of work in which each image is more striking and powerful than the last.
Just as did Flach’s highly acclaimed previous books, Equus and Dogs, More than Human will amaze and inspire, in a constant affirmation of the animal, whether it be rare or common, powerful or defenseless, odd or majestic. The book showcases a menagerie of creatures—pandas, tigers, bats, lions, orangutans, cobras, bullfrogs, chimpanzees, wolves, porcupines, elephants, owls, armadillos, among many others—as they have never been seen before. Shedding light on Flach’s images will be an accessible collection of texts, written and edited by author Lewis Blackwell.
Praise for More Than Human:
“A gallery of animal portraits that are unlike anything we’ve seen before.” —The Wall Street Journal
“His technique is impeccable; this is one of the most gorgeous photography books of the year. But what makes it more than a coffee-table trifle is the way Flach’s images connect us—with near-tactile sensation and soulfulness—to the creatures on display.” —NPR.org
“Arresting portraits that express photographer Flach’s ‘sense of wonderment in nature.’” —People
"Astoundingly sharp images." - The San Francisco Chronicle
“Compelling and unexpected.” —The Denver Post
“Treat yourself to the full glory of More Than Human, for the screen hardly does it justice.” —Brain Pickings.com
“A book of animal photographs guaranteed to dazzle viewers with their color, detail, clarity and, most of all, their uncanny ‘humanity.’”-- BookPage
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Tim Flach is an acclaimed photographer best known for the originality that he brings to capturing animal behavior and characteristics. Flach’s previous books with Abrams are Equus and Dogs. Lewis Blackwell is the author of Abrams’ The Life and Love of Cats.From Booklist:
Flach’s intimate and bewitching photographic animal portraits fill the pages of this large and arresting book, bringing us into “unnatural proximity” with snakes, beetles, and bears. His stated mission is to create images that provoke questions about our relationships with other species and “our attitude, and responsibilities, toward the natural world.” But this is not your typical “save the planet” volume. Flach’s stunning, “superreal,” boldly composed images are complex and unnerving works of art, portals into other forms of being. Chimpanzees and bonobos are riveting in their near-humanness, while jellyfish, sea horses, fruit bats, an experimental breed of featherless chicken, a rare big-cat hybrid, and butterfly pupa are electric with life. Blackwell (The Life and Love of Trees, 2009) elucidates the unique “visual tension” in Flach’s work and the ethical questions it suggests, then reflects on the social significance of animal imagery, reaching back to cave paintings. Flach’s astonishing photographs affirm that “there is so much more than human out there” and that we share more with other species, no matter how unlike us, than we realize. --Donna Seaman
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